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‘Flight’ trailer: Denzel Washington is a complicated hero

Denzel Washington. (John McConnico/AP)

Denzel Washington plays a pilot who manages to land a passenger plane that has suffered engine failure (think “Miracle On The Hudson” without the water) and then becomes the subject of intense media interest. But his story — hero lands plane! — is complicated when it’s discovered he had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.

After the 90-second mark, the trailer reveals plot details that you may not want to know to the tune of “Gimme Shelter.” I’ll leave it up to you to find them out.

The film also stars Don Cheadle as Washington’s lawyer, Melissa Leo as the head of an NTSB investigation and John Goodman as his buddy.

“Flight” marks Zemeckis’s return to live-action films after a 12-year hiatus. The “Back to the Future” director’s last credits are motion capture movies including “The Polar Express” and “Beowulf.”

Based on the first trailer, I’d say “Flight” will be a happy homecoming.

Watch the trailer below.


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